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UPDATE: 'Medical Episode' Could Have Caused Maynard Man's Accident

A Maynard man was pronounced dead following a Jan. 2 accident in West Concord, but police say a 'medical episode,' and not the car-into-snowbank collision, may be the cause of death.

The death of Maynard man involved in a motor vehicle accident earlier today may not have been caused by the crash, according to Sgt. Jack Kennedy, a spokesman for the Concord Police Department.

Around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Concord Police and Fire departments responded to the area of 2194 Main St. in West Concord for a report of a car off the roadway and into a snow bank. On arrival, officers found the vehicle locked and running, with its driver unconscious inside, a CPD press release said.

Officer Richard Hodgson unlocked the car, removed the driver from the vehicle and, with assistance from Officer Michael McGrath, preformed CPR on the driver.

The driver, later identified as Peter Porrazzo, 84 of Maynard, was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident, according to police.

According to the CPD press release, officers tending to Porrazzo received assistance from Armstrong Ambulance paramedics who happened to be passing by the accident scene. And then, with assistance from the Concord Fire Department, Porrazzo was transported to Emerson Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation, but police believe Porrazzo died due to injuries sustained during the crash. “It appears that he suffered a medical episode,” Sgt. Kennedy, the CPD spokesman, explained in an email to Patch.

According to Kennedy, it appears Porrazzo was traveling east on Main Street at the time of the accident. The address given in the CPD press release, 2194, corresponds with the Howes Insurance Group building, which is located on the westbound side of the roadway.

Stay tuned to Concord Patch for more information as it becomes available.

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